NEW BERN - The soup kitchen at Religious Community Services in New Bern is filled with people, but their cupboards are quickly becoming bare. More than 150 people come through the line every day for one hot meal.
"I have a four-year-old baby. We have no where to lay our head, and we have no food. There are long lines of people that are hungry," said April Crenshaw who visits the soup kitchen every day.
A food pantry is on site for those who need food to take home. Distributing the limited supply to 100 families a week will only last so long.
"We prepare what we consider a week's worth of food. Although, it is a rather meager supply for a week's worth, but we distribute the meal to them," said Michael McMillan, RCS Executive Director.
A few times a year the food pantry at RCS becomes thin. The Rotary Club of New Bern decided to pitch in to help by planning and packaging 50,000 meals for local families.
"We'll put each prepared meal in with the other canned items that we distribute to the household," said McMillan.
The campaign is "New Bern is Fed Up with Hunger". According to the campaign's website, Craven County has the highest number of people who go hungry in Eastern North Carolina. The number keep going up.
"Two years ago, the families asking for assistance totaled to 2,000. Last year, we helped 4,000 families," said McMillan.
You can help by volunteering or donating.
Here's the link to the campaign's website http://newbernfedupwithhunger.org